As a city catering for hungry tourists and exacting locals, Chester isn’t short on restaurants and cafés offering superb food and equally great value.
While Madrid has its tapas, and Rome has its pasta, Chester falls in line with the rest of England in not having a famous cuisine to dish up. Instead you’ll find a good dollop of pub-style grub, a pinch of fine dining, a spoonful of internationally-flavoured eateries and a smattering of other options that add extra spice.
Your options include informal cafés, where shorts and t-shirts are just fine, to fine dining, where smart attire is essential. And we’ve not really got into the continental swing of dining – there’ll be no eating out at midnight as is the Spanish way. Lunch is at lunchtime (though it’s often called “dinner” in the north of England), roughly from noon until 2pm, and dinner is taken at dinner time, which can be from around 6pm until the oh-so-nearly-continental hour of 9.30pm (and it’s sometimes known as “tea” around this way). If you want to buck the trend – and save some cash – eat outside of these popular hours and you’ll often find a deal.